Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hadley's Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca markets and afternoon tea at Hadley's, the perfect saturday in Hobart!

After spending a long and enjoyable morning at the Salamanca markets the afternoon tea at Hadley's Hotel was the perfect wind down. The staff offered a wide choice of teas and coffee with a three tiered selection of scones, jam and cream, sandwiches and cakes.

We spent a leisurely hour in one of the very fine rooms of the National Trust classified Hadley's Hotel that was built by convicts in 1834.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Observatory Hotel, Sydney, N.S.W.

For something a little different, have your tea leaves read!

After visiting most shops at The Rocks, we arrived early in desperate need to sit back and relax with our favourite pastime, partaking in afternoon tea. I had previously made reservations for the "Mystic Afternoon Tea" and the friendly staff made us very welcome.

We were offered a wonderful and generous array of sandwiches, pastries, scones with jam and cream as well as lovely tea cakes all with a excellent selection of teas. My selection was darjeeling as I hoped to get some lovely tea leaves for my reading.

I found the 20 minute tea reading with Lindel most enlightening and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We had fun comparing our readings. Part of mine was a strong desire to speak out and express myself and the letter T. At the time I had no idea what it all meant, later it dawned on me, ha! my tea blog.

The tea service was well patronized and everyone appeared to be relishing the very fine surrounds and the Observatory afternoon tea.

This is an outstanding idea to combine the best of refreshments and a tea leaf reading by a very intuitive and professional reader. I do recommend that if you want something special, try the Mystic Afternoon Tea at The Observatory.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Tea Room, QVB, Sydney, N.S.W.

Shopping in the famous QVB and high tea - the ultimate indulgence!

Well we had the works, Royal Albert Tea set, starched white table cloth and excellent and attentive service - all the makings of a wonderful morning tea.

Our choice was The Morning Tea - an array of cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches served with tea or coffee. My tea selection was the aptly named "Splendid Earl Grey".

The food and tea were the perfect compliment to the wonderful room, a beautiful and fitting environment to celebrate a sister's birthday (the big 60!). Even the lift to the third floor puts you in the right frame of mind for a bit of Olde Worlde charm.

We spent a relaxing time indulging in one a life's truly great pleasures, conversation over a stylish pot of tea.

Anytime you're in Sydney and need to find the right ambience to just to sit and ponder I highly recommend The Tea Room - hard to fault!